The Meaning of Vichara

Vichara is a Sanskrit word which means “inquiry.”


Sri Ramana Maharshi uses the term in conjunction with atma leading to the phrase atma-vichara — “inquiry into the nature of soul.”

I draw upon Maharshi’s use of the term because of the intensity with which he applied the practice. This blog will serve as an outlet to inquire about and critically analyze my experience of the world, as well as the tendencies and patterns by which my mind analyzes.

Why go through this seemingly circular process of questioning? Good question!

“The one who asks questions doesn’t loose his way.”

–African proverb

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.”

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.”

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